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Questions tagged [customs-and-immigration]

Customs and immigration covers a range of border control procedures (referred to as 'immigration' in most countries) and import of goods. Prefer a more specific tag where appropriate, some examples of which are listed under `tag info`.

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Schengen 90/180 day rule with 4 day overstay

I believe some of the immigration officers are mis-using the 90/180 day law to reject my wife's visa application for a family immigration application. They said she had no more days left when we ...
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Are there manual immigration checks for non EU citizens in airports when travelling inside the EU?

Are there passport checks at EU airports for non-EU travelers who travel between two EU countries? Now I know that EU citizens are not subject to any passport or ID check whatsoever, just automated ...
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Visa issued of my NzETA travelling with Spanish passport

I will travel with my Spanish passport. I already have issued my NZeTA authorization to travel to Auckland. I travel to Santiago de Chile with Copa airline ticket and the next day I travel by Lan ...
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I was refused a UK visa [duplicate]

Q1: Please what can I do next? Q2: What does it means for me in future and when I re-apply again? Q3: Is it good idea to reapply back in 1 month time?
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Will there be an issue if I take 10 kilograms of yerba mate on an airplane?

Mate is a traditional South American infusion, which is not common and usually expensive in Europe. I'm travelling to France soon so I'm taking a bunch of it (the yerba mates leaves, not a liquid) for ...
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Going from Sweden to the US with a London layover, can I take a bouquet of roses?

On the second of November I'm going from Sweden to the USA with a stopover in London. I'm planning on bringing a cut roses bouquet with me and wonder if that's possible or will there be any problems?
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Traveling to US on K3 visa

I am travelling to the U.S. on a k-3 visa for the first time. Can fly Etihad Airways on a flight that will be pre-cleared in Abu Dhabi? Is the first-time immigration processing be done at Abu Dhabi?
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Importing duty-free 750 ml wine bottles into Turkey

I am intending to bring a few bottles of Australian wine into Turkey as a present for friends. Each bottle contains 750ml of wine (14.5% alcohol). The customs rules says: Muafiyet kapsamındaki ...
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Beijing customs asking me to wait until 2020 to show receipts, is this normal? [closed]

I travelled to China last week to see family and was stopped by customs and they removed several items which I had brought for gifts and told me I need to show the receipts to pay tax. I’m ok with ...
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Schengen Visa delivered by France and Proof of Accommodation, but difficulties traveling within Schengen area

My Thai girlfriend has a Schengen Visa with multiple entries delivered by France, with a Proof of Accommodation (Attestation d'Accueil) with my family in France. We made a side trip to Portugal and ...
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Do I need a visa to enter Canada from land with a US Refugee Travel Document?

I'm planning to go to Canada in 2 months. I'm currently an asylee and I have a Refugee Travel Document issued by the USA, however I don't have my Green Card yet. I know that Green Card holders don't ...
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How should I answer custom and border protection questions if I'm a returning citizen that hasn't been in the country for almost a decade? [closed]

I'm a recent HS graduate taking his first international flight alone in a the next couple of days. I'm moving back to the US after nearly a decade to immigrate and eventually find a workplace, I've ...
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US Visa - change in travelling companions

I’m travelling to Vegas in October. I had to get a Visa due to a previous arrest (which didn’t result in a conviction). Anyway, my visa was granted and I have it back. But now one person from our ...
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Customs when returning to Canada after moving to United States

Next week I will be returning to Canada for a short visit after moving permanently to the United States. I have lived in the United States for 4 years now, and am now a Permanent Resident. When I ...
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New Zealand Visa : Medicals on Old Visa - Issues to File Visa?

I had done my medicals for New Zealand visa when my old passport was active last month. Then I got a new passport re-issued as I had to change personal details in the passport. Now the medicals have ...
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Do South Africans have to register expensive laptops and electronics when they leave the country?

In South Africa, there are a number of custom rules that I came across. Here is the source. 6 WHEN LEAVING THE COUNTRY ... b) Goods which will be brought back to the country with a ...
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How to calculate exit date for Thailand?

I've been to Thailand at least half a dozen times before in the last five years or so and each time was allowed to stay for 15 days and never calculated my exit date wrong and never overstayed. So ...
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Denied visa after seemingly authorized long stay

My mother and father enter the US together dad was given six months to stay and my mother was given 2 and a half years to stay we did not notice it until we was finding what need to done, to apply for ...
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Why are so many electronic passport gates kept closed?

I travel by plane on average 3-4 times per month, mainly in Europe. One thing I have noticed is that despite the advantages offered by electronic passport gates, on almost every occasion and at almost ...
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Why does the online I94 form require VWP applicants to buy ESTA?

I'm a EU citizen living in Canada. I'm taking a road trip to the US next week. According to the CBP website, I don't need to renew my ESTA to do so. In hopes of slightly accelerating the paperwork at ...
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How early can you enter USA after H1B visa extension [closed]

My H1-B visa is already expired , however I have a valid I797A until Feb 2020 and have also applied for my extension. I would like to travel to my home country in December and understand that would ...
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Which biometrics do UK border control store when EU citizens scan their passport at airport (both entering and leaving, from/to Europe)

Biometrics are not collected from the traveller itself, but passports are still being scanned by UK officials and these contain biometrics. Are such biometrics being (copied and) stored?
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International student travelling to the UK. Must I pay duty on items I bring? [closed]

I’m an international student set to join a University in the UK for a 1 year Management course. I’ll be taking my laptop, iPad and camera with me. Am I supposed to pay duty at the airport for any of ...
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CDG baggage claim before or after immigration?

I have a transfer in CDG (both in T1), but they are on separate tickets. I'm not entering the Schengen area, nor coming from it. Can I check baggage for my flight to CDG and collect it before ...
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Supplements from Europe to Canada

I will be travelling to Canada from Europe and want to pack my fitness supplements with me, these include - small plastic bottle of BCAA pills, pack of creatine and container of protein powder. All of ...
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Do I have to go through customs in Madrid

I am flying on Iberia airlines from Miami to Rome, with a 1 hour stop in Madrid, Spain. Do I have to take my luggage through customs in Madrid?
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Received UK landing stamp in an expired passport: Should we apply for correction?

My wife and my son have UK visas in previous passports, and traveled to the UK in August with both passports. My wife has the landing stamp in her new passport, with a note saying VIPP, as expected. ...
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Can you relocate to Taiwan after being deported from China? [closed]

My Ukranian girlfriend was recently deported from China for a minor offense. She wants to relocate to Taiwan to be closer to me since I'm still in China. The problem is we're worried that might not ...
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Does India require 2 blank passport pages, if you already have a visa in your passport?

In common with many folks here, I'm running rather short on blank passport pages. Specifically, I'm down to just 1 blank page left (plus a bunch of half-filled ones) Looking on the UK.Gov site for ...
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Newark to Oslo to Bergen: Where do I go through Customs & Immigration?

I've got an itinerary coming up where I'll be flying SAS from Newark, New Jersey to Oslo, Norway, followed by a connecting flight to Bergen. Both flights are part of the same booking. It's only just ...
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Travelling out from Dublin airport to UAE

I have a UK visit visa, I arrived last July at a UK airport. Now I would like to change my flight back to Asia next month by using Dublin airport on my way out. Do I need an Irish visa to use Dublin ...
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Can a Non-EEA passport holder with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), who accompany EEA family, join the EEA queue at UK borders?

Can a Non-EEA passport holder with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), who accompany an EEA family member(/s), join the EEA queue at UK borders? I note that there have been several questions relating ...
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Can I enter Canada in October 2019 with a passport that expires in February 2020? [duplicate]

Can I enter Canada from the US in October 2019 with my US passport that expires in February 2020? I can not find specific requirements since the new rules were implemented. A link or website address ...
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American overstayer in UK going home. Questions about transiting through Schengen Area on the way back

I'm an American citizen and I've overstayed my visa in the UK (non-Schengen Area). I want to go home but I have some questions about traveling back. I've looked at flights and, while I've found some ...
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Transitting through Spanish Airport-customs rules

I will be arriving to Barcelona on a flight from the US. 22 hours later I will have to catch my flight to Russia from Barcelona. I have a question regarding my imported goods then. I am in transit ...
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Train from Nice to Moscow / Border Controls

I am hoping to travel by Train from Nice to Moscow next year before embarking on the Tran/siberian express. I understand the visa requirements but I am hearing though that there are issues with ...
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How seriously should I take a CBP interview where I was told I have a red flag and could only stay for 30 days?

I’m 20 year old girl traveling on a ESTA for the second time over a longer period. The first time I used it for a longer 2 months period in June. Then I went home for one month and now I am back. The ...
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Will replacing a fake visa with a different fake visa cause me problems when applying for a legal study permit?

I have a problem, 4 years ago my passport was stamped with a fake visa. I want to apply for a legal study permit now so my mother sought counsel from this immigration services agents and she took my ...
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Passport - tiny rip on the edge of my passport page

I have a brand new Philippine passport. All of the pages are crisp and my bio page is perfectly fine. On Sept 1, returning to Canada from the US (I have a Canada Permanent Resident card), an ...
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Do I need to declare engagement ring bought in UK when flying on holiday to US?

My girlfriend and I, who live in England, are going on holiday to US on 15th September. I've purchased an engagement ring in the UK (over £1000 in value) and want to propose on holiday. I will be ...
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Passing through Japanese customs with a tax-free knife [duplicate]

I am in Japan and I have purchased a kitchen knife (slightly over ¥16,000), claiming back the sales tax. The tax refund office did attach a document to my passport stating the sale. Tomorrow I will ...
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Traveling from Mumbai to Berlin, connecting via Munich. Short-ish layover with immigration. Enough?

I apologize if this kind of question has been asked again, but I am confused with some conflicting information and would appreciate some correct advice. I am travelling on Lufthansa flights from ...
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Can you get held at immigration for not paying hotel bills in Philippines?

A friend of mine booked a cheap lodge in Philippines through booking.com. But the day before his flight, he found a nicer hotel to stay and even found some last minute bad reviews of this cheap ...
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Is a laminated Birth Certificate copy acceptable for travel?

My mother and I have different surnames so immigration officers often ask for a birth certificate. When leaving Russia, on Russian passports, the officer made a fuss that the certificate was laminated ...
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Passing 150 grams of gold in the customs in a EU country without receipt

I was given around 150 grams of gold (none of them are jewellery) as a gift for my wedding. Therefore, I don't have any receipt. I wonder if this is problem. How can they check the real value of it in ...
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Visiting girlfriend in the USA

I'm going to visit my girlfriend in the US (I am from the UK, 31 years old) for 10 days soon, for the first time. We've known each other 8 years online and have been together long distance for nearly ...
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Can I carry gold with me from Turkey to Spain without paying taxes?

I am planning to carry less then 200 grams of gold with me in a flight from Turkey to Madrid. I wonder if this is okay and if I have to pay some taxes.
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What happens if I don't tell immigration where I was? [closed]

If someone was in another country for study purposes for 6/7 months, and for 3 months of this time he went back home to sell his home furniture and give back the rent money, and they did not tell ...
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Clearing US custom at Toronto Pearson YYZ at 5am?

According to here the US Customs service at Toronto Pearson YYZ only opens at 6 am. Nevertheless, Air Canada has flights at 6+ am to New York. In that case, how could you clear the border and board ...
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Crossing european borders by land

I'm an American in Ireland, I'm going to be entering the UK and then France by land. I heard if traveling by bus or car many European borders don't have custom stops when entering. How do I get my ...